s.o.t.r-After disbanding Raccoo-oo-on in 2008, what made you two decide to form Wet Hair? Was there any hesitation about starting a new group together? Did you ever consider just recording another album under Racoo-oo-on or did you feel that the new sound deserved a new outlook/name?
Shawn- Raccoo-oo-oon slowly wound down in 2007 with our final album coming out in 2008. Andy Spore and Daren Ho had decided to move out of Iowa City for opposite coasts in pursuit of other life goals etc. so that was the main reason the band disbanded but overall it seemed like time to disband in pursuit of other musical outlets. We had accomplished alot of what we felt like we could with the band and that aesthetic. It had been a full experience for all of us something we had put alot of time in effort into. We went on some really disastrous tours together early on but got through that period to do many more including a couple European tours before we called it quits. It was very formative for all of us and we have all stayed very close because of the bonds that time period created. Wet Hair started out as a solo project for me around the time Raccoo-oo-oon ended I released a cassette and a 12″. Ryan ended up joining pretty early on because I didn’t enjoy doing it as a solo thing and since we were both still in the area and both looking to continue to pursue music and touring it just made sense. Ryan records solo and makes some great music on his own, but in terms of performing live and touring its just much more engaging and fun to do it with someone else. We have been playing music and making art together and around each other for so long it just made sense to keep pushing things and we work well together and really progress individually from collaboration. It did however take some time for us to fully figure out what direction to go in with Wet Hair and I feel like that direction was most fully realized on our new album In Vogue Spirit.